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Saturday Morning Nature Series: Trees 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Nature Series: Trees @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Attention, all nature-loving 8-11 year olds! The Hancock Park District is excited to announce a new nature series. Four different nature topics will be covered over the course of four consecutive Saturday mornings. Each topic involves hands-on learning, a craft, hiking, and lots of fun. Register with $20 per child by noon on Thursday, March 16. A medical form is required and available online or at the park office.
Growing Green Thumbs: Caring For McKinnis Historical Orchard 10:00 am
Growing Green Thumbs: Caring For McKinnis Historical Orchard @ McKinnis House at Litzenberg Memorial Woods
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am
Chris Allen, Hancock Park District program specialist, will lead the second installment of the Hancock Park District’s “Growing Green Thumbs” garden series at 10 a.m. Saturday in the orchard at McKinnis House in Litzenberg Memorial Woods. Bill Patch, parks operation manager for the park district, will discuss “Caring for our McKinnis Historical Orchard,” including tree care, how and when to prune trees, and what is necessary for trees to produce good fruit. Participants must be 4 to 18 years old. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required for the free program. Participants should bring a pair of work gloves and meet in the garden area near the house. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Bluffton University Gospel Choir Concert 6:00 pm
Bluffton University Gospel Choir Concert @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
Bluffton University’s Gospel Choir will present a concert featuring personal favorites of the conductor, Crystal Sellers Battle, associate professor of music. Soloists will include community members who are in the choir, Kathy Grady of Findlay, and Marta Michalska-Uras, originally from the Czech Republic. Sellers Battle will also be featured as a soloist on one of the pieces.
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Fostoria Community Band Spring Concert 2:30 pm
Fostoria Community Band Spring Concert @ Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School
Apr 2 @ 2:30 pm
The Fostoria Community Band will perform a spring concert with pieces including “The Legend of Danny Boy,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “An American Portrait,” “The Fairest of the Fair,” “John Williams Blockbuster” and “Chorale and Shaker Dance.” The band is under the direction of Craig McKenzie and is made up of approximately 40 members from the Fostoria area, ranging in age from high school students to senior citizens. Refreshments will be served during a short intermission, donations will be accepted to support the band, and the facility is handicap-accessible.
University of Findlay Concert-Chorale Lenten Concert 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Concert-Chorale Lenten Concert @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm
In preparation for Easter, the University of Findlay Concert-Chorale will present Lenten choral music, including Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and “Messe Basse,” on Sunday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., Findlay. Gabriel Faure was a French Romantic composer, organist, pianist and teacher whose works influenced many 20th century composers. “Requiem” is his best-known choral work. The piece will be performed with Melissa Harvey, soprano; Lance Ashmore, baritone soloist; chamber orchestra; and organ. Choral activities director SeaHwa Jung will serve as concert director. Admission will be free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, www.marathoncenterarts.org or at 419-423-2787; or can be picked up at the door.
ONU Gospel Ensemble Spring Concert 4:00 pm
ONU Gospel Ensemble Spring Concert @ McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University
Apr 2 @ 4:00 pm
Ohio Northern University’s Gospel Ensemble will perform its 30-year anniversary concert at 4 p.m. April 2 in the McIntosh Center Ballroom. The concert is free and open to the public.
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Master Gardener Presentation 6:30 pm
Master Gardener Presentation @ Lindamood Room at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will host a program on adding newer plant varieties with more color and contrasts to landscapes. Ohio State University graduate landscape architect and Master Gardener intern Tim Brugeman will give a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the Lindamood Room. Registration is required by calling 419-422-1712 or by visiting www.findlaylibrary.org.
Findlay High School Alumni Musical Showcase 7:00 pm
Findlay High School Alumni Musical Showcase @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm
The Findlay High School Alumni Association will present the 19th annual Alumni Musical Showcase at 7 p.m. Monday, April 3, in the school’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium, 1200 Broad Ave. Performers include the Findlay First Edition Show Choir (FFE), Voices in Perfection Freshman Show Choir (VIP), and the Hancock County Children’s Choir; Celia Stockton and Steve Huffman will be featured vocalists; Kevin Manley and Krista Bigger will sing a duet; and Bev Roby will accompany on keys. Roger Powell is the FHS alumni director and emcee for the event. Stockton graduated Findlay High in 1978 and directs the Hancock County Children’s Choir, a musical ensemble for treble voices based in Greater Hancock County but open to all grades 2-5 children in the surrounding area. She is also the show choir director at St. Wendelin Catholic School, Fostoria, and teaches private voice and piano lessons at Stockton Studio of Performing Arts. Her career has led to several acting roles, including the voice of the Smurfette character for licensed theme park attractions based on “The Smurfs.” Huffman, a 1969 Findlay High alumnus, is a founding member of The Ambassadors, a local gospel quartet. Active in the performing arts during high school, he’s continued his musical pursuits by performing in several University of Findlay and Findlay Light Opera Company productions and by serving on boards of the Light Opera Company and the Curtain Raiser Society for the Performing Arts at UF. Manley is in his 25th year of teaching with Findlay City Schools, where he directs three concert choirs along with FFE. During his 11 years as FFE director, the group was the FAME New York and FAME Chicago Grand Champion, as well as 25 other Grand Championships and multiple caption awards for Best Vocals, Best Choreography, and Best Instrumental Combo. Bigger, a 2001 FHS graduate, serves as the assistant choir director at Findlay High School and directs VIP, which she choreographs with Ashley Carey. Performing and directing choral music professionally for 15 years, Bigger served as director of choirs at North Royalton High School, where she expanded the program from two choirs to seven choirs, spearheaded the development of its competitive show choir program and served as the vocal music director of its theater productions. While Roby did not graduate from Findlay, she feels like the city is her home. She plays keyboard with the local big band, Night Jazz, and accompanies the men’s ensemble Good News from St. Andrew’s along with the Hancock County Children’s Choir for its second season. She has taught language arts and music at elementary and middle schools and has served as organist and music director at area churches. General admission tickets for the event are $7 and can be purchased by calling the Findlay High School Alumni office at 419-420-7007, mailing a check to FHS Alumni Association, c/o Roger Powell, 1200 Broad Ave., Findlay, OH 45840; by picking them up at the Instrument Care Center, 319 S. Main St., Findlay. They are also available at the door. Proceeds from the event go to the Findlay High School Alumni scholarship fund.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Jupiter Viewing 7:00 pm
Jupiter Viewing @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
A program to view Jupiter at its closest point to earth this year will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. The program will begin in the inflatable planetarium and then move outside to view the planet and its moons. Participants may bring binoculars or a telescope to view the four largest moons. Register for the free program by noon on April 6. The family program will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 25 participants. For more information, call the park district office at 419-425-7275.
Bluffton University Pops Concert 7:30 pm
Bluffton University Pops Concert @ Founders Hall at Bluffton University
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm
The Bluffton University Concert Band, Camerata Singers, Chorale, and Jazz Combo will come together to present the annual Pops Concert. Ana Yoder Coulter will accompany both the Camerata Singers and the University Chorale.
Jupiter Viewing 9:00 pm
Jupiter Viewing @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Apr 7 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Astronomy Club will host a free astronomy event from 9-11 p.m. tonight. The main attraction will be Jupiter. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Saturday Morning Nature Series: Insects 9:00 am
Saturday Morning Nature Series: Insects @ Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Attention, all nature-loving 8-11 year olds! The Hancock Park District is excited to announce a new nature series. Four different nature topics will be covered over the course of four consecutive Saturday mornings. Each topic involves hands-on learning, a craft, hiking, and lots of fun. Register with $20 per child by noon on Thursday, March 16. A medical form is required and available online or at the park office.
University Singers — “Les Miserables” 2:00 pm
University Singers — “Les Miserables” @ Winebrenner Theological Seminary's TLB Auditorium
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm
The University Singers will perform a variety of choral music and a selection from the musical “Les Miserables” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium, 950 N. Main St. The choir will be under the direction of the University of Findlay’s director of choral activities and assistant professor of music, SeaHwa Jung. Admission is free but tickets are required. They are available at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; by visiting www.marathoncenterarts.org; by calling the box office at 419-423-2787; or they can be picked up at the door.
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St. Andrew’s UMC Easter Cantata 9:00 am
St. Andrew’s UMC Easter Cantata @ St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church
Apr 9 @ 9:00 am
The St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church Jubilation Choir will present its Easter cantata, “The Lord of the Dance,” directed by Jim Scothorn, at 9 and 11:15 a.m. April 9. Child care is provided and Sunday school is offered for ages between services. The church is located at 120 W. Sandusky St.
Pandora United Methodist Church Easter Cantata 9:30 am
Pandora United Methodist Church Easter Cantata @ Pandora United Methodist Church
Apr 9 @ 9:30 am
PANDORA — Pandora United Methodist Church Choir will be presenting its Easter cantata, “Behold the Lamb!” during the 9:30 a.m. worship service on April 9. The service and refreshments afterward are open to the public. The church is located at 108 E. Washington St., Pandora.
University of Findlay Concert-Chorale — “Requiem” 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Concert-Chorale — “Requiem” @ First Presbyterian Church
Apr 9 @ 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 2330 S. Main St., will host the University of Findlay Concert-Chorale at 3 p.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. The choir will present sacred choral music, including Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem.” Free tickets are available at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
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Psychedelic Furs and Robyn Hitchcock 7:30 pm
Psychedelic Furs and Robyn Hitchcock @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm
The Psychedelic Furs and special guest Robyn Hitchcock will deliver an evening of alternative rock to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available by calling the box office at 419-423-2787 or ordering online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $32-$75. Founded in England’s emerging punk rock scene in 1977, the Furs developed into a staple on U.S. college and modern rock radio. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, the Furs scored hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You” and “Heartbreak Beat” while releasing seven studio albums, several compilations, a box set, and a live concert DVD. Filmgoers will recognize “Pretty in Pink” from the 1986 film of the same name written by John Hughes. Originally appearing on the group’s 1981 album “Talk Talk Talk,” the band recorded a sax-infused version of the song that appeared in the film’s soundtrack. After a hiatus in the 1990s and a side project called Love Spit Love, the band regrouped in 2000 and tours with the lineup of Butler, his brother Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards) and Paul Garisto (drums). Robyn Hitchcock blends folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism and describes his songs as “paintings you can listen to.” He founded the art-rock band the Soft Boys in 1976, has recorded more than 20 albums, and starred in the 1998 in-concert film “Storefront Hitchcock” recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme. For more information, call the box office or visit www.thepsychedelicfurs.com and www.robynhitchcock.com.
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Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp 9:00 am
Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A three-day spring break children’s “camp,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include birds, plants and camping. Birds will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. There will be a trail hike, games, dissecting of owl pellets, and making bird feeders. Wildflowers will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The day will be spent hiking to search for wildflowers. Flower gathering will be done for pressing, and seeds will be started for the backyard garden. “Camping 101” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Participants will experience fishing, hiking, and crafts, and gain confidence before attending a longer camp this summer. The camp will take place at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children must be 6 to 12 years old. Register, with $15 per child per camp, for the birds and/or wildflower camps by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Register for “Camping 101,” with $15 per child, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. A medical form is required and is available online at www.hancockparks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch to each camp. The programs will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp 9:00 am
Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A three-day spring break children’s “camp,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include birds, plants and camping. Birds will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. There will be a trail hike, games, dissecting of owl pellets, and making bird feeders. Wildflowers will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The day will be spent hiking to search for wildflowers. Flower gathering will be done for pressing, and seeds will be started for the backyard garden. “Camping 101” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Participants will experience fishing, hiking, and crafts, and gain confidence before attending a longer camp this summer. The camp will take place at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children must be 6 to 12 years old. Register, with $15 per child per camp, for the birds and/or wildflower camps by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Register for “Camping 101,” with $15 per child, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. A medical form is required and is available online at www.hancockparks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch to each camp. The programs will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
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Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp 9:00 am
Hancock Park District Spring Break Children’s Camp @ Oakwoods Nature Preserve
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
A three-day spring break children’s “camp,” hosted by the Hancock Park District, will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Topics will include birds, plants and camping. Birds will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. There will be a trail hike, games, dissecting of owl pellets, and making bird feeders. Wildflowers will be the subject from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. The day will be spent hiking to search for wildflowers. Flower gathering will be done for pressing, and seeds will be started for the backyard garden. “Camping 101” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 13. Participants will experience fishing, hiking, and crafts, and gain confidence before attending a longer camp this summer. The camp will take place at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Children must be 6 to 12 years old. Register, with $15 per child per camp, for the birds and/or wildflower camps by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7. Register for “Camping 101,” with $15 per child, by 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10. A medical form is required and is available online at www.hancockparks.com or at the park district office, 1424 E. Main Cross St. Snacks will be provided, but participants should bring a sack lunch to each camp. The programs will be held with a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 participants. Participants should wear good hiking shoes and clothes that can get dirty. For more information, call the park district office, 419-425-7275.
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series: Janice Trytten 7:00 pm
Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series: Janice Trytten
Apr 13 @ 7:00 pm
The public is invited to hear Native American flute music at the Bluffton Town Hall Concert Series beginning at 7 p.m. April 13 on the third floor of 100 E. Elm St., Bluffton. Performer Janice Trytten (“Sunflower”) is a native flute player and a professional horn player in the Cincinnati area. Her earliest memories as a child in Oklahoma are building tipis and making fabric “buckskin” dresses. Since the late 1980s, she and her family have participated in many living history events, with focus on the 1840s fur trade era. There is no charge for this event, but a donation will be collected for the performer.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
Jelly Rags and Monk Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut 7:30 pm
Jelly Rags and Monk Turtle Island Quartet with Cyrus Chestnut @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm
 
Turtle Island Quartet 7:30 pm
Turtle Island Quartet @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm
The Turtle Island Quartet will bring its brand of improvisational string music to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut will accompany the group as it performs “Jelly, Rags, and Monk,” an interpretation of the music of pioneering jazz pianists Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk. The quartet is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has undergone several lineup changes since its 1985 inception. The group comprises David Balakrishnan and Alex Hargreaves on violin; Malcolm Parson on cello; and Benjamin von Gutzeit on viola. The quartet’s co-founder, Darol Anger, came up with the group’s name when he came across “Turtle Island,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Gary Snyder, where it was pointed out that American culture was really an immigrant culture, coming from all points of the globe. “Turtle Island” itself comes from Native American mythology, referring to the continent of North America. This fit the group perfectly, since jazz was at its roots an integration of musical elements brought in from Europe and Africa, later absorbing an influence from Latin America and Asia. The quartet has incorporated several contemporary American music styles into its work, including folk, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, new age, rock, and hip-hop; as well as music of India, where Balakrishnan’s father was from; and Latin America. Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available by calling the box office at 419-423-2787 or ordering online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30-$60. For more information, visit turtleislandquartet.com and www.cyruschestnut.net.
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The Galaxies of Spring 9:00 pm
The Galaxies of Spring @ Ohio Northern University Observatory
Apr 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University observatory will present “The Galaxies of Spring” from 9-11 p.m. today. Galaxies are a swirling collection of stars, gas, dust and dark matter that are generally difficult to see with telescopes because they are so far away and faint. But during this time of the year, the closest concentrations of galaxies are positioned high in the sky by midnight for better viewing. The program will target M66 in Leo and the black eye galaxy in Coma Berenices for observation with the telescopes. At 9:47 p.m., an Iridium satellite is scheduled to flare brightly just as it passes into Coma Berenices. Check for cancellations online at http://www2.onu.edu/~j-pinkney/astro/publicevents.html.
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Hancock Gospel Pavilion Fundraiser 6:00 pm
Hancock Gospel Pavilion Fundraiser @ Vanlue Community Church
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm
A Hancock Gospel Pavilion fundraiser will begin at 6 p.m. April 22 at Vanlue Community Church, with music provided by One Voice, Living Water and Jim Boedicker. A goodwill offering will be collected to help fund the gospel pavilion at the Hancock County Fair.
Spring Constellations and Binoculars 8:00 pm
Spring Constellations and Binoculars @ Riverbend Recreation Area - Shelter 5
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm
Neil Stewart, with Millstream Astronomy Club, will present a program on spring constellations and how to use binoculars at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shelter 5 at Riverbend Recreation Area. After the talk, telescopes will be available to view the sky. Participants may bring their own telescope. No registration is necessary for the free family program. For more information, call the Hancock Park District office at 419-425-7275.
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Of Myths and Legends 3:00 pm
Of Myths and Legends @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 23 @ 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Concert Bands present a concert, “Of Myths and Legends”
Transition Bluffton River Walk 6:00 pm
Transition Bluffton River Walk
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Transition Bluffton is hosting a river walk along the Little Riley beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. Naturalist Anne Coburn-Griffis will lead the walk exploring plant and animal life in the Motter Metro Park just outside Bluffton. Walkers will explore park trails and be introduced to creatures that make their home in and along the Little Riley. Participants will need good walking shoes and should bring binoculars and magnifying lenses. Parking for Motter Metro Park is located at 10740 Columbus Grove-Bluffton Road. Visit TransitionBluffton.org for more information.
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OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training 6:00 pm
OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training @ Ohio State University at Lima
Apr 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock County will be offering the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima Campus this spring. This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county, assisting with Master Gardener volunteer-sponsored programs and activities for residents. Program topics include botany, plant selection, landscaping with annuals and perennials, vegetable gardening, tree selection and identification, fruit tree care, pesticides, soils and plant and insect identification. The classes will run March 7 through April 25. They will be held from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday. Additionally, a full-day seminar will be held March 18 as part of the curriculum. The fee for the course is $150 per person, which covers the cost of an extensive resource book and other materials. All Master Gardener volunteers will be required to have a background check. More information is available at allen.osu.edu; hardin.osu.edu; or hancock.osu.edu websites. The registration deadline is Feb. 20.
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Magic Moments: A Celebration of the ’50s and ’60s in Song 7:00 pm
Magic Moments: A Celebration of the ’50s and ’60s in Song @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm
The Millstream Singers and the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association will present their Big Sing at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29. “Magic Moments — A Celebration of the ’50s & ’60s in Song” will take the audience back in time with 150 male singers performing numbers such as “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” “Turn Around, Look at Me,” and more. Seven male choruses will be in concert individually and combined. The Millstream Singers men’s choral group, of Findlay, comprises members of the Great Lakes Male Chorus Association and began holding its first rehearsals in a choir room at Findlay College (now the University of Findlay) in 1980, with music borrowed from Bowling Green State University. The chorus has since acquired an extensive library of choral music and rehearses weekly at First Presbyterian Church on Monday evenings. The Millstream Singers perform at various civic functions, local events and nursing homes. The group is available upon request to serve Findlay/Hancock County and surrounding areas. The Great Lakes Male Chorus Association was formed in 2005. Its goal is to enjoy singing and performing music that is challenging and entertaining, and to promote male chorus singing. The association also seeks to serve its communities. The association sponsors competitive scholarships that are available to music students throughout the Great Lakes region. For more information, contact Kim Grove at 419-425-5201.
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University of Findlay Orchestra Spring Concert 3:00 pm
University of Findlay Orchestra Spring Concert @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm
The University of Findlay Orchestra will present “A Spring Concert” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. The performance will be free, but tickets are required. They can be reserved by calling the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts box office at 419-423-2787. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert. Directed by Thomas Carey, the program of light classics will include “Largo and Allegro” from Sonata IV by Georg Philipp Telemann, themes from “Romeo and Juliet” by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and other orchestral standards. Highlights will include Bela Bartok’s “Allegro Barbaro,” a forceful and rhythmic 20th century classical piece reminiscent of Stravinsky; John Williams’ “A Prayer for Peace” from the Steven Spielberg film “Munich,” recounting the 1972 Olympics tragedy when Israeli athletes were taken hostage and several were killed by Palestinian terrorists during a showdown with police; and selections from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The University of Findlay Orchestra comprises more than 50 students, staff and community string players. It performs twice each year on the UF campus.

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